TBG Opens New Hamilton Office!

"Open" By: Justin Sharp   Taken at Supercrawl 2015, James Street North, Hamilton

"Open" By: Justin Sharp

Taken at Supercrawl 2015, James Street North, Hamilton

The Biglieri Group is excited to announce our first satellite office - in the great city of Hamilton! 

As the planning and development world continues to expand and evolve, we are constantly growing and adapting our practice to meet new challenges.  In our continued efforts to better serve our clients in the west GTHA, southwestern Ontario and Waterloo Region, we have seized the opportunity to be a part of Hamilton - the city recently named the envy of urban planners by Curbed.com.

We are thrilled to have a new home in a city that prioritizes livability and community engagement, as shown through their collaborative city-building projects in recent years. This office will be headed up by two of our best - Mike Pettigrew and Melinda Holland - who with their combined experience and teamwork will continue the tradition of serving public and private sector clients with creative solutions that exceed expectations.





TBG welcomes new members to our team!

Back Row (L-R): Isabelle Kim, Alexis Woods, Mark Jacobs Front Row (L-R): Michael Testaguzza, Brayden Libawski, Vivian Gomes

Back Row (L-R): Isabelle Kim, Alexis Woods, Mark Jacobs
Front Row (L-R): Michael Testaguzza, Brayden Libawski, Vivian Gomes

Over the past few months, The Biglieri Group Ltd. has expanded and is proud to welcome seven new members to our Team:

Mark Jacobs, MCIP, RPP joins TBG with a background in municipal planning and land development. He is also a member of the Walk Toronto Steering Committee - a local group that promotes walking and advocates on pedestrian issues.

Isabelle Kim, M.Pl. joins TBG after graduating from Ryerson University's Master of Planning program. She has hands on experience in public engagement, urban design, and placemaking initiatives, and her Master’s research focused on evaluating and learning how to build stronger complete communities.

Michael Enzo Testaguzza, MCIP, RPP joins TBG with a background in private residential, commercial and employment land development. He is a graduate of Ryerson University's Master of Planning program with an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. He has contributed to papers on Sustainable Brownfield redevelopment research for the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Vivian Gomes, BArch., MSc. joins TBG with a background in sustainable architecture and urban design. She is a Master’s candidate in Environmental Studies in Planning at University of Waterloo. Her research will provide a planning and design framework for children-friendly urban open spaces in high-density neighbourhoods.

Brayden Libawski, MScPl. joins TBG with a background in rural, agricultural, and estate residential planning and development. He is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph's Master of Rural Planning and Development program with an undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has contributed to research in Farm Diversification at the University of Guelph.

Alexis Woods joins TBG as our Office Manager, with a background in Bookkeeping, Office Management and Client Services. She is a graduate of the Business Administration Human Resource Program at Georgian College and is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association.

Frances Gilgour joins TBG as our Office Administrator, with over thirty years experience in administrative and management positions.

TBG in the News: Samantha Biglieri interviewed on CBC Radio on preparedness of municipalities in supporting an aging population

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CBC Morning Edition - K-W    CBC Ottawa Morning                  CBC Ontario Morning (Scrub to 2:15 in the podcast) 

Samantha Biglieri, Planner and leader of the Age- and Dementia-Inclusive Built Environment services at TBG was interviewed by five CBC Radio programmes on January 2-3 for a paper she co-authored with colleague Dr. Maxx Hartt (Cardiff University) on assessing the preparedness of Ontario municipalities in being able to support their aging populations. The research examined two things:

  1.  Population projections for all municipalities in Ontario with populations over 10,000;
  2. Examined whether or not a municipality had an 'Age-Friendly City' Plan. 

The research determined that small municipalities were most likely to have the greatest proportion of older adults 20 years into the future, and they were also the least likely to have started any Age-Friendly Planning. 

For more information or any questions you may have, please see this Press Release from the University of Waterloo, or contact Samantha directly at samantha@thebiglierigroup.com 


tbg Publications in the fall issue of plan canada

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TBG Planner Samantha Biglieri recently authored/coauthored two articles in the Fall 2017 issue of the Canadian Institute of Planners' Plan Canada Magazine. See the abstracts below for a preview:  

Biglieri, S. "Dementia + Planning: Expanding Accessibility through Design and the Planning Process"

Abstract: Contrary to popular belief, over two thirds of Canadians with dementia live in the community as opposed to congregate living. This begs a question that has not been adequately explored in planning practice or academia: How can we as planners who deal with land-use, community design, and public consultation every day, understand and meet the needs of people with dementia (PWD) who are citizens just like everyone else? After examining existing work on the relationship between the built environment and PWD, I argue a dementia-specific approach to planning practice and research is needed in the Canadian context. 

Hartt, M. & Biglieri, S. "Is Ontario Ready for the Silver Tsunami?"

Abstract: For the first time ever, Canadian seniors outnumber youth. In this article we examine the extend of current, and projected, aging in Ontario municipalities. We assess if, and to what extend, local governments have begun to plan for older adults. We find that senior dependency is expected to rise in every Ontario municipality. Small municipalities are particularly vulnerable as they are expected to experience the most severe aging and are least likely to have initiated community age-friendly planning.